The town of Berlin, just a few miles away from the beach, is a great destination for art lovers, food lovers and those who are looking to soak up that small town charm. It is also home to the Worcester County Arts Council, whose mission is to aid, encourage, advise, and correlate all activities dedicated to the promotion of the arts in Worcester County, as may be found feasible, and to integrate such activities into the total life of the communities served by the Council.
This month, you can explore the artwork of three members that work in very different media.
Dee Brua, Watercolor
Dee studied watercolor painting for 8 years with Pat Thorn, a prolific artist in Shrewsbury, PA, and have also studied with Lynn Yancha, George Clarke, Willie Crockett and Nancy Thompson. She always had a creative side, having made all kinds of craft items through the years (sewing, knitting, craft acrylic painting), but when she started taking watercolor classes in 1999, a whole new world opened up. Since relocating to the Eastern Shore, she became mesmerized by the marsh, ocean, sand dunes, clouds and shore birds. Recent Work:
In 2008, she received an honorable mention in a juried show at York County Art Council, and in June 2011 and September 2012, she received 1st Place at the Worcester County Arts Council’s juried shows. The paintings were titled “Chincoteague Marsh” and “Poppies” respectively.
In 2014, she received an honorable mention award in the Worcester County Arts Council’s juried art show: “Freedom”, and third place this year in the “Signs of Spring.”
Rudelle Hall, Mixed Media
Rudelle, is a self-taught artist, and signs all of her work with her first name only. She didn’t even have art offered as a subject in high school. Her first love was oil painting, and then photography. Over 30 years ago she started doing Polaroid Manipulation, which she then termed, “Photo Etching”. All of her photo etchings were done on location in various parts of the world. She uses them to create new works of art by enlarging and enhancing them by adding to, and/or painting out areas with acrylic paint, and medium. The Nineteen Eighties brought a new medium and art tool for Rudelle. She discovered the computer paint program, and soon bought other photo manipulating programs with which to further her ability for creativity.
Hall has won over 115 awards since 2003. She has a love of color, and has a need to create art without restriction to genre, medium or subject matter. She has been accepted in a plethora of juried shows including galleries in California, Delaware and many on the Eastern Shore, MD. She has been a finalist in National and International competitions, as well as having her solo shows.
Robert Johnson, Ceramics
Robert is a self taught artist that had an interest in art from a young age. Through practicing art in multiple mediums over the years, the experience retained has given him the ability to express his artistic visions. In 2007, He was hired to Salisbury University as the head 3D Studio Technician and has been able to pursue his artistic vision with guidance from the wonderful teachers at the university.
Robert and partner, Sarah Halcott, teach classes at the Art Institute and Gallery and personal lessons from their home studio. They sell their work locally at Greenbranch Farm, Evolution Brewery, Art Institute and Gallery’s gift shop, Pemberton Coffee House, Layton’s Chance Winery, Olive St. Mall, J.J. Fish & Enza’a Organic Salon. The couple also show their work in galleries including Art Institute and Gallery in Salisbury, Worcester County Arts Council in Berlin, Ocean City Art League in Ocean City and Bishop Stock in Snow Hill, Maryland.
Want to “Paint Berlin?”
The Worcester County Arts Council is excited to announce the 10th annual Paint Berlin, plein air event. This year, participating artists from across the region will grace Berlin’s streets, sidewalks, marshes, and green spaces from September 18 – 21. Artist registration is now open and is limited to 35 artists, 18 years or older.
Artists will have an opportunity to network, exhibit, and sell their artwork as well as compete for a very attractive cash prizes: $1,000 – 1st Place, $500 – 2nd Place, $250 – 3rd Place, $100 – Honorable Mention, $100 – Artists’ Choice, and $100 – MD Legislators’ Choice award, and $100 – WCAC Board of Directors award.
Visitors are invited to come and watch artists work during this event and attend the free and open to the public “Wet Paint” sale and exhibit featuring artwork created during this event.
Visit the Worcester County Arts Council online or in person to see rotating exhibitions and discover local artists.